Legal Question in Civil Litigation in New York

engagement ring?

quick question.. if i propose to my girlfriend and give her an engagement ring, who legally owns it?

also, if the marriage ends in death or divorce who owns it?

Asked on 6/24/09, 10:18 am

2 Answers from Attorneys

Mark S. Moroknek Kelly & Curtis, PLLC.

Re: engagement ring?

she does, unless she breaks off the engagement, as it is a gift in contemplation of marriage.

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Answered on 6/24/09, 10:48 am
Michael Markowitz Michael A. Markowitz, PC

Re: engagement ring?

Actually, Mark is not 100% correct. He is correct when he says it is a gift in contemplation of marriage. However, if either party breaks the engagement the gift must be returned.

Mike.

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Answered on 6/24/09, 12:42 pm


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